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GROUND BEEF & VEGETABLE PIZZA (LAHMAJOUN)

November 5, 2014

Lahmajoun, or as it is known in the Middle East: Lahme Bi Ajeen or S’feeha, is a common dish not only among Armenians, Arabs, and Turks, but all over the world. Everyone has their own take on this recipe. It all depends on the different cultures making it and their preference of certain flavors. My family loves this dish. It tastes amazing. Now, there are three different degrees of difficulty to making this dish: difficult, medium difficulty, and easy. My favorite is the medium difficult way. I get my pizza dough from Trader Joe's and just roll it open. It becomes so crispy... I love it!

 

 

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef or lamb or a combination

  • 1 medium onions

  • 2 small tomatoes

  • 1/2 bunch parsley

  • 1 green bell pepper

  • 2 jalapeños (You can add or decrease amounts to your preference!)

  • 2 tblspns tomato paste

  • 2 tblspns pomegranate concentrate

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Place meat in bowl.

  2. Grind onions, jalapeños, bell pepper, and parsley (all separately) in a food processor. Add on top of meat.

  3. Purée tomatoes in food processor and add on top of everything else.

  4. Add remaining ingredients and mix everything well.

Now for the dough, here are the three ways to do this...

 

The Difficult Recipe

 

 

Dough Ingredients:

  • 6 lbs flour

  • 4 tblspns yeast

  • 1 tspn baking soda

  • 12 oz. powdered milk

  • 1 cup half & half

  • pinch salt

  • 1 tspn sugar

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients in bowl and kneed.

* If you can't find powdered milk, substitute with 1/2 cup heavy cream.

 

 

The Medium Difficulty Way: Store-bought Pizza Dough.

 

The Easy Way: Flour Tortillas

To Assemble the Lahmahoun:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F or as directions on package.

  2. Grease a baking tray. Either roll out the dough really thin or place the tortillas on the tray.

  3. Put some of the meat mixture on top and spread, not too thick, all the way like a pizza leaving a narrow edge of crust.

  4. Put in oven and cook till the dough is a little crispy. Be careful not to overcook the meat.

*Serve sprinkled with lemon juice and wrapped around vegetables, including pickles, tomatoes, peppers, onions, lettuce, and roasted eggplant; or with plain yogurt.

 

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #EATDRINKPLAYLA. I'd love to see how yours turned out!

 

 

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